In 2008, Crystal Dixon wrote a letter to her local newspaper expressing her Christian views on the subject of homosexuality. An article appeared in the Toledo Free Press that compared the struggles of the homosexual community to those of the civil rights issues faced by blacks. Dixon, who is black and a Christian disagreed and submitted a letter of rebuttal stating in part:

“I respectfully submit a different perspective for [the author of the original op-ed] and Toledo Free Press readers to consider. … As a Black woman … I take great umbrage at the notion that those choosing the homosexual lifestyle are ‘civil rights victims.’ Here’s why. I cannot wake up tomorrow and not be a Black woman. I am genetically and biologically a Black woman and very pleased to be so as my Creator intended.”

Her letter was written on her own time and was sent from her as a local citizen exercising her rights of free speech and religion. She made no mention in the letter to her position at the University of Toledo where she worked as a human resources administrator. However, a month later, Dixon received a letter of termination from Lloyd Jacobs, head of the university. The letter stated that she was being fired for the ‘public position she took in her letter to the Toledo Free Press’.

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